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Money Laundering in the Real Estate Sector: Suspicious Properties

ISBN13: 9781849801263
Published: January 2011
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £72.00

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In many countries, the real estate sector is vulnerable to money laundering due to a high number of factors including; the high value of assets, price fluctuations and speculation within the market, difficulties in assessing the true value of a house, and the fact that the legal owner is not necessarily the economic owner. In this book the authors identify a total of 25 characteristics which render a property susceptible to money laundering. The more such characteristics a property exhibits, the more suspicious it becomes.

The authors also discover that some of these characteristics weigh heavier than others. Combining economic, econometric and criminological analysis, this multidisciplinary approach shows how to detect criminal investment in the real estate sector. This well-researched book will appeal to government authorities responsible for combating money laundering, international organizations such as the IMF, the UN, the Worldbank and the EU, as well as financial intelligence units in all countries. Real estate associations, real estate research centers, criminologists and economists will also find this book invaluable.

Money Laundering
1. Introduction
Part I: Economic Approach
2. The Real Estate Sector
3. Forms of Criminal Real Estate Abuse
4. Research Method and Indicators
5. Operationalizing the Indicators and Data Collection
6. Descriptive Data Analysis
7. Evaluation of Research Method
Part II: Criminological Analysis
8. Concepts, Methods and Analysis
9. Results of the Criminological Analysis
10. Major Findings of the Criminological Analysis
Part III: Statistical and Econometric Analysis
11. Linking the Economic and Criminological Parts
12. Descriptive Statistics of the Dataset
13. Econometric Analysis
14. Major Findings
15. Suggestions for Further Research
16. Summary